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Old 07-17-2013, 10:27 AM   #4
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Re: Roxbury parcels 9 & 10

Hotel, Housing, and Retail for Dudley Square

Total project cost: $50 million
Total square footage: approx. 185,300
Hotel: 145 rooms
Housing: 50 units
Retail: 8,000 SF

"The BRA Board unanimously approved a hotel, housing, and retail for Parcel 9, a key 1.3 acre lower Roxbury parcel at the gateway to Dudley Square. The $50 million project adjacent to Ramsey Park and bounded by Melnea Cass Boulevard and Washington Street calls for a 145-room hotel, 50 residential units, and 12,600 SF of ground-floor commercial, restaurant, and community space. The development team includes Melnea Partners, LLC,
NADAAA, D/R/E/A/M Collaborative, and Landworks Studio.

Parcel 9 is part of the Roxbury Strategic Master Plan adopted in January 2004 to guide and shape future policy and activities in the neighborhood over the next one to two decades. Parcel 9, which is partly owned by the BRA and Massachusetts Transportation Department, was identified as a key site by the plan.

Through 23 community meetings and collaboration with the Roxbury Strategic Master Plan Oversight Committee, the BRA drafted a RFP for the Master Plan of Parcel 9 and Parcel 10, located across the street. The RFP looked for proposals that would maximize economic development and job creation potential, generate wealth through jobs, equity, and business ownership opportunities for residents, catalyze new economic growth, reinforce Roxbury’s physical, social, and economic fabric, maximize the value of the parcels, and build a sustainable and transit oriented development.

On November 16, 2010 the BRA put an RFP out on Parcel 9 and Parcel 10. On July 25, 2011 the authority received three proposals for Parcel 9. Following the submission of the proposals, the BRA, MassDOT, and the Project Review Committee, made up of community stakeholders, held 8 working sessions and one community wide meeting to review the three proposals.

On January 30, 2012 the PRC voted to recommend Melnea Partners, LLC to be tentatively designated as the redeveloper of Parcel 9 and on February 6, 2012, the Roxbury Strategic Master Plan Oversight Committee unanimously voted to endorse that decision. Parcel 9 was tentatively designated to Melnea Partners in May 2012."

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